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what ever happened to studenst protesting in interesting ways instead of just being offensive louts?

What ever happened to students protesting in interesting ways instead of just being offensive louts?

I have previously mentioned the student protests on QandA here at the Sandpit and as such protests have become more common of late I thought that I would share this little opinion piece written by Amanda Vanstone, who manages to sum up just what is wrong with these protests rather nicely:

Their protests, however, reveal something much more than misplaced self-importance. Their actions run counter to the very thing for which universities are meant to be a haven – namely, civilised debate.

This gaggle of would be’s if could be’s are just louts in disguise. They are bullies of the highest order. If you want to say or do something with which they disagree, they believe they are entitled to censor your speech by drowning it out in protest or making those responsible for your safety feel so uncertain as to require that you leave a venue.

To cap off their me-me-me attitude, they expect to be able to use force of volume and numbers to get their way but think it completely unreasonable when security personnel step in and bring their little drama to an end. It’s pathetic in one sense, and a complete outrage in another.

Protests are, in my view, a good thing. They are a sign of the freedom we all enjoy. But what some protesters fail to understand is everyone else’s right to go about their business undisturbed. Sadly, the right to protest has become for all too many the right to ruin anyone else’s day just because they want to be on telly.

Universities should not tolerate the type of thuggery we have seen over the past few weeks.

It seems odd that university students, the very people who should be excited by debate of ideas, should be the ones who seek to drown out any voices but their own. When their voice is used to protect their own self-interest rather than to advance the rights of those without a voice, we can see the ugly face of the me-me-me generation. This kind of behaviour has direct parallels with dictators in one-party states who use their power to silence any criticism.

Everyone who is unhappy with the decisions of a properly elected government, not just the students, might care to reflect on life in a one-party state. In such states planning is often much longer term, welfare is inevitably much much leaner, and the views of dissidents are often silenced in a manner we find unconscionable.


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I have plenty of time for students protesting as long as they do not break the law, and or disrupt other people going about their lawful business, My tolerance for student protests is also directly related to the virtue of their cause and in the most recent incidents have all been inspired by causes that are anything but lofty, namely the possibility that the privileged brats might just have to pay a little bit more for the courses that they take, not now but when they are earning enough to reach the threshold. Well pardon me but that seems a very poor reason to go on like a pork chop, to assault the Foreign minister or just to be in rat bag mode.

Cheers Comrades

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  1. Jeff G. says:

    Plus it’s a good excuse to put up a pic of some tits Iain.

    Like I have said before, uni students protest and get in people’s faces because they are young and obnoxious and finding new political ideas. There isn’t much more to it than that. They have the right to do this, just as we have the right to say they are behaving like muppets.

    Vanstone’s last comment is ridiculous. Everyone should just put up with Tony’s cuts to health and education, just be grateful you don’t live under the Nazis? What kind of idiotic logic is that?

  2. GD says:

    uni students protest and get in people’s faces because they are young and obnoxious and finding new political ideas. There isn’t much more to it than that. They have the right to do this, just as we have the right to say they are behaving like muppets

    Calling a protest group ‘muppets’ compared to disrupting a tax-payer funded national TV show is not a great example of equivalence.

    In Denmark, a young socialist group had the idea of drowning out the Prime Minister’s traditional 1st of May speech by blowing whistles.

    However, a Danish TV journalist decided to give them a taste of their own medicine.

  3. Jeff G. says:

    Christ you must be great fun at parties, GD, if all you can do is moan about a dozen uni students holding up Q&A for five minutes.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    My point here is simple student protests where we have variations on the same old chants and the same out pourings of raw emotion are very quickly and easily dismissed and forgotten and more importantly they are utterly ineffective in bringing about any sort of positive change. For people who are supposed to be smart most of the protestors are really dumb about being effective communicators.

  5. Jeff G. says:

    Oh I agree Iain. But then again most forms of protest are ineffective. Demonstrations get on the news but rarely achieve much. Neither do picket lines, sit-ins or marches. There was 100,000 people march against the war in Iraq and it didn’t change squat. Another 20,000 odd marching “against violence” in Melbourne last year, like it might have made difference?

    What is the saying that might apply to these rowdy protests, “all sound and fury, signifying nothing”? Still, if it gets on the news it makes them feel better.

    Only protests that work are strikes because they cost people money.

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, the answer is simple: This is not about politics for those students. You seem not to realise that the current young generation of students are just far too stupid and immature to (a) understand politics (b) have any social graces. It’s just an example of the ongoing devolution of the species, old chum.

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